This is actually rebuild with some upgraded hardware from my previous build not long ago. This time it is more challenge since I put more stuff in a limit space case and also learnt a lot about air flow, OC..etc. So I decide to write a new one.
The challenge of this build is space, since I want all of following stuff in this case.
360mm AIO with 3 push and 2 pull config
120mm AIO GPU
180mm long PSU
Corsair Commander pro
Keep the HDD cage with one 3.5 inch hard drive installed.
8 x 120MM fan and 2 x 40mm fan total 10 fans
The result is pretty good IMO, I am happy with the cable management though the side panel do need to push to close, the room at back is really thin even with cable from Cable Mod.
Some one comment about the positive and negative air flow in last build, I did not know it at that time, but this time I pay attention to the air flow.
I need the Corsair commander pro since I also run MAC, I want a custom fan curve on hardware level so I can run on both OS. I learnt Commander Pro can run without link with fan curve with temperature probe(Someone please correct me if I am wrong since I can not find an official manual on this)
In order to achieve positive air flow, I use a paper tissue at back air vent and adjust the minimum fan speed of 5 fan at front when GPU Radiator exhaust fan running at max speed, since ML120 is much quieter, so I made it with higher minimum fan speed. By doing this I can make sure the system is always running at positive air flow. I can not set the top exhaust fan with higher speed since they will easily cause negative air flow, setting them to minimum rpm to aid the air flow only.
Below are detailed fan setup:
3 x 120mm HD120 running push mode at front with minimum 1000 rpm and increase according to CPU AIO temp
2 x 120mm ML120(not . pro, max 1600rpm) running pull mode at front with minimum 1200 rpm increase according to GPU AIO temp
2 x 120mm HD120 at top running at fix 800RPM for exaust
1 x 120mm HD120 at back running push for GPU Radiator, minimum 800 rpm increasing according to GPU AIO temp
1 x 40mm Noctua NF-A4x20 cooling VRM according to VRM temp, rpm start from 0 rpm to 5000
1 x 40mm Noctua NF-A4x20 cooling PCH according to PCH temp, rpm start from 0 rpm to 5000
Temeprature probe on VRM monitored by motherboard
Temeprature probe on GPU radiator monitored by Commander Pro
Temeprature probe on GPU back plate monitored by Commander Pro
Temeprature probe on Top air vent exaut monitored by Commander Pro
VRM fan mount come with motherboard
CPU was sent to delidded by SilliconLottery.com with binding test. Don't want to DIY since thats the only CPU I have. The CPU came back with 5.1GHz AVX 2 at 1.412V. I used the setting and run 8 hour ASUS realbench and multiple Cinebench/PRIME95/AIDA64/3D Mark/PC Mark test run. Temperature stable under 75C.
GPU also overclocked using EVGA Precision XOC. The GPU stable at +109 MHz(2126MHz) GPU Clock and +760MHz(11528MHz) Memory clock speed. Passed 3DMark/PC Mark all test and Valley bench, Superposition bench and Heaven bench. Temperature stable under 55C
I upgraded my PSU from RMx to RMi because I am curious about what my real watt usage when overclocking. And, I KNOW 1000W is overkill but I got a good deal, and I might go with SLI in future.
The watt usage when CPU running PRIME95 blend test with GPU full load is around 450W(~500W walll input). Running CPU Small FFT test may go over 550w but probably not realistic.
All parts are compatible to run macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with audio support(need patch of course but it work). You need a Compatible Wireless/Bluetooth Card to enable Airdrop/Handoff(which is very useful), it is available on eBay.
It is definitely not total silent, but its much quieter with AIO, especially the GPU, thats one of the reason I chose AIO GPU since GPU run more frequently at full load compare to CPU while gaming.
Originally I was building a Hackintosh only, but I got into the PC Mod world and crazy about it. I ordered a Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic, and plan to do custom loop and end of the year.
Some of my parts(not include CPU/RAM/Motherboard/AIO/GPU/Storage) are used/refurbished/new but resell as second hand. SO thats why the price is lower than normal.
CPU delidded + binding price $71 not included.